Now that we're married, Mrs. Gekko has to go through the process of changing her name on everything.
So this morning, I went to the social security office with Mrs. Gekko so I could get my social security card replaced (my original is over 30 years old and you can barely see the number through the coffee stain).
Now keep in mind, the Social Security Administration does what? Class? Class? They administer a government run pension plan.
After 50 minutes, I finally got to speak with a live person and have my card request taken care of. It will now take another 10-14 days to get my card.
Now imagine walking into a bank or brokerage house and waiting 50 minutes to get an account statement, would you put up with that? Also imagine that while you're waiting those 50 minutes, you are not allowed to work on a computer or talk on a cell phone. In fact, you're not even allowed to have a cell phone on (it can't be on vibrate or silent) inside the building.
How long would you put up with that kind of service?
Well, welcome to government health care.